A golden glowing tan should come easy to one dwelling in a desert, right? Not when it’s hotter than the sun (and humid to boot!) outside your balcony doors. When summer strikes and the air con is on full blast, it’s time to accept defeat and head on indoors with a trusty bottle of fake tan. We’ve been busy road-testing a host of different formulas and brands, and a few streaky legs later have got the definitive hit-list of products that will give a fuss-free, natural colour. You’re welcome!
If you want a just-back from holiday (or Duabi winter) glow, turn to this lotion for the most natural expensive-looking summer tan. No mitt is necessary, just remember to blend well and wash your hands afterwards.
Instagram has gone crazy for this vegan-friendly tanning water created by tanning guru Jules Von Hep. And rightly so, its spray applicator provides even coverage and the clear formula prevents the dreaded stained sheets.
If sleeping in tan disrupts your kip, this mousse is the solution. You only need to keep it on for 1-3 hours before rinsing off, and a reliable golden glow will develop over the next 6 hours. A team favourite.
This one is great to have on hand for last-minute events that call for a leg-baring cocktail dress. It provides an instant wash of bronze with a blurring effect – think of it like a foundation for your legs. It’s transfer-resistant so step out in confidence.
Scared of putting fake tan anywhere near your face? Us too! So instead we mix 2-3 drops of this gradual tanning concentrate into our night cream and wake up to a super natural glow. Use every other night to build up the colour.
Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans and supplied